Friday, June 24, 2011

Bubble Map To-Do List

I found this technique about  4 or 5 years ago and have been using it ever since.  Instead of keeping a traditional list, start with a blank sheet and make each to-do item a bubble.  The size of the bubble corresponds to its importance or urgency.  If a task is really important, it gets a larger bubble.  An less important to-do task, conversely gets a smaller bubble.

I find it reduces a lot of stress to take something out of the "worry bin" in my mind and put it down on paper.   And it is very satisfying to scribble out a bubble of a completed task.

I have added my own features:

Ferris Beuller Fight Club Theory

Ferris Buller, Tyler Durden, Simone, and Cameron in an Art Gallery
So what if Ferris (and Simone) were only figments of Cameron's delusional imagination, like Tyler Durden in fight club?   What if Cameron was alone throughout the whole Chicago adventure?

This theory has been around for a few years, but I have only recently discovered it.  This post (and many others) explore this posibility.

The Thor Scale: New Movie Rating System

My new movie rating system: Picture of Thor DVD
  • Way better than Thor
  • Better than Thor
  • About like Thor
  • Worse than Thor
  • Makes Thor look like Pulp Fiction.
(I thought Thor was pretty good.)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My new Ovation Elite TX

Ovation Elite TX 1778 in Black against a white backgroundFor my birthday, I received a Ovation Elite TX 1788 as a gift.   It looks amazing, it is easy to play (with my stubby fingers), and, most importantly, it sounds freaking incredible!  I can't stop playing it.

For a while I have been looking to move up from my starter acoustic Fender guitar to an acoustic with a cutaway that I could plug into an amp.  I had heard dubious things about Ovations in the past.  I started getting interested in them when Charlie Pace found his guitar on LOSTCharlie Pace from LOST, tuning his red Ovation Balladeer(?) on the Beach (You all Everybody!).  A month or so ago I was lucky enough to see REO Speedwagon live and Kevin Cronin's masterful showmanship on his Ovation made me reconsider the ovations.  A few months ago my son and I were goofing off at the local guitar chain store and I tried out the Ovation TX Elite because it just looked so different.  I was overwhelmed by how full and rich it sounded.  When I found out Ovation Guitars were created and designed by a noted Helicopter Designer, Charlie Kaman, it was pretty much a slam dunk to be a strong candidate for becoming my new acoustic.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

1980s Shoot out: DeLorean versus the World.

So, it's Saturday morning, as usual, I am looking at DeLoreans and Ferrari 308's on for sale on eBay.  Starting to actually look at the practical ramifications, I come across an Car and Driver article that I actually remember from 1981:  De Lorean vs. Chevy Corvette, Datsun 280-ZX, Ferrari 308GTS, Porsche 911 - Comparison Tests - or -De Lorean Versus the World: Four on one in a three-round GT title bout. (By Larry Griffin)
As the authors put the *new* DeLorean through its paces, they compare it to four other 1980s dream cars:
  • Corvette
  • Datsun 280-ZX 
  • Ferrari 308 GTS
  • Porsche 911

Friday, June 17, 2011

The 4 - Hour Work Week

The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content.Just started reading the revised edition Tim Ferris’ 4 Hour Work Week.  I already read the first edition, but it is now permanently on loan to one friend or another.
I loaned my old one to my friend Kevin.  He devoured my first edition and bought the update version.  He apparently loved the new version so much, he couldn’t loan it to me, but bought me a copy instead!  (Thanks, Bro!)
So let’s start by pointing out the obvious:  you probably won’t be able to do all the stuff in this book.  But apparently the author, Tim Ferris apparently can, but he’s got a little superhero in him.

Fender's answer to the Gretsch White Falcon: the WHITE CHICKEN

I usually like when two ideas are combined to create something better.  I am not sure the Fender White Chicken is better that the fabled Gretsch White Falcon, but it is sure is nice to look at!

I love telecasters, and I think I would probably dig a Gretsch if I had one some day.

This is truly beautiful.  Charley Likey!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

iBamboo Speaker uses NO Electricity

This is about the coolest thing I have seen all week.

From this article: "The bamboo speaker is essentially a 1-foot length of bamboo with a slot carved out of the top for the iPhone to snuggle into. The sound reverberates through the pipe and amplifies the tunes you're listening to."